Improving the Lives of Young People with Serious Mental Health Conditions Through Research & Training

New Report on Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults

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A new report prepared by staff from the National Wraparound Initiative, the National Wraparound Implementation Center and the Pathways Research and Training Center looks at the ways that providers are adapting Wraparound when working with older youth and young adults. The report includes quotes from qualitative interviews with Wraparound providers.

New Peer-Reviewed Article from Pathways

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Pathways researchers have collaborated with authors from Youth MOVE National on a peer-reviewed journal article recently published in Children and Youth Services Review. The article describes the development and validation of the Youth/Young Adult Voice at the Agency Level (Y-VAL), an assessment of the extent to which agencies have implemented best practices for supporting meaningful participation. The Y-VAL is intended for research purposes, as well as to provide agencies with direct guidance about strengths and challenges regarding their efforts to promote youth/young adult voice.

New Webinar Recording on Enhancing Skills for Peer Support Providers

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This webinar, which took place on September 18, 2018, reported on a study testing the AMP+ skills-enhancement intervention for peer support providers working with youth and young adults. AMP+ provides web-based training and video coaching that is specific to the peer role. Peers reported high satisfaction, improved their skills, and reported reduced work-related anxiety.

Upcoming webinar: "Trauma-Informed Care in Youth-/Young Adult-Serving Organizations"

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For this Pathways webinar, taking place January 22, 2019 at 10am PT, Mandy Davis, director of Trauma Informed Oregon, will discuss how youth- and young adult-serving organizations can implement the principles of trauma-informed care (TIC) into their organization and services. Examples and tools will be provided with an emphasis on those developed by and with youth and young adults. In addition, ideas for TIC staff self-care will be shared.

Free Pathways Transition Video Briefs

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This series of free, short videos has been developed by the Pathways Transition Training Partnership to provide brief overviews of key approaches for working with youth and young adults with mental health needs. Each video brief is about 5 minutes long and is accompanied by discussion questions to assist viewers to apply the video content in their workplace, and a resource list for further learning. The video briefs accompany Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood, a free 10-module online training series and may be a useful enhancement to the skills covered for service providers. Visitors will be asked to enter their email address when accessing videos so Pathways can follow up for feedback.

New Strategy Brief: Supporting College Student Success through Connections to Mentors and Campus Champions

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This brief shares best practices learned on the Project Futures research study being conducted at Portland State University and local community colleges in Portland, Oregon. The study is testing evidence-based mentoring strategies for college freshmen with lived experience in foster care and with mental health stressors.